Rain plays havoc with Swan’s plan

Frustration: Garstang boss Iain Swan had hoped to run out some of Garstang's squad for their President's Cup match against Hawcoat Park
Frustration: Garstang boss Iain Swan had hoped to run out some of Garstang's squad for their President's Cup match against Hawcoat Park

Heavy rain played havoc with the weekend’s fixtures with Garstang FC unable to get their start in the West Lancashire League President’s Cup.

Iain Swan’s Riversiders had been hoping to push on in the first round against Hawcoat Park but were one of five teams unable to take part in any match action due to waterlogged pitches.

Wyre Villa were left to make their early mark on the competition with a thrilling 8-2 victory over Millom, while the only other two games which went ahead finished on penalties.

Furness Rovers progressed to the next stages after their 2-2 draw against Dalton United finished 3-2 on penalties and the same for Turton after a 1-1 draw with Burscough Richmond.

Garstang still sit comfortably in third in the Division One table just a point behind Wyre Villa but manager Swan says there is still room for improvement and was disappointed after the side’s 1 – 1 draw at Haslingden.

He said: “Rather than relaxing us, our early goal seemed to put us in the wrong frame of mind, we did enough to have won the game in the second half but we lacked the clinical finish. We must convert these draws into wins.”

The weekend’s match postponement will have been yet another frustration for the boss who was hoping to use the game to his advantage and give chances for the squad players who haven’t yet made a mark on this season’s campaign in their push for promotion. Speaking ahead of the game he had said: “Promotion is very much our priority so I will use the game to give players who haven’t been regulars in the starting line up, 90 minutes”

He also gave special praise to Matt Buzcynski who has spent a lot of time on the bench without complaint.

“Buzzer has been very patient, he will get a chance to play 90 minutes as will ‘Jacko’ and ‘Sis’, I may even have a run out myself and let ‘Gierky’ have a rest and manage the game from the bench. Don’t get me wrong, I want to win the game but I have to manage the players and this is an opportunity for some players to stake a claim for a place in the side.”

Garstang will be looking to turn their run of draws into a win when they travel to Mill Hill St Peter’s this Saturday, December 1, KO 2pm.

Garstang Football Club have signed up ex-Manchester United and England international Lee Sharpe to be the guest speaker at their Sportsmans’ Dinner.

The former player and media pundit will attend the event to be held at Blackpool Football Club on Thursday March 14.

The dinner has been sponsored by Bay Radio and the evening will be compered by ex-Houghton Weavers and radio presenter Norman Prince with entertainment by funny man Jamie Sutherland.

A spokesman for the club said: “Lee is a first class after dinner speaker and shouldn’t be missed.”

Tickets are £30, call Les Taylor on 07967 337416 or Davo on 07947 019893.